Comstock Holding Companies Reports 2019 Results

Commercial Real Estate Asset Management Platform Producing Stable Revenue, Positive Results and Platform for Growth

WASHINGTON and RESTON, Va., April 15, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On April 15, 2020, Comstock Holding Companies, Inc., (NASDAQ: CHCI) (the “Company”), announced financial results for the year ended December 31, 2019:

Highlights of 2019 year-end financial results:

  • Total revenue increased by 54% to $25.3 million in 2019, as compared to $16.4 million in 2018.
  • Revenue from asset management operations increased by 46% to $19.6 million, as compared to $13.4 million in 2018.
  • Revenue from real estate services increased by 88% to $5.7 million in 2018, as compared to $3.0 million in the prior year.
  • Operating income increased by 676% to $2.3 million in 2019, as compared to $0.3 million in 2018.
  • Net income of $0.9 million in 2019 was also significantly improved as compared to a loss of $4.4 million in 2018.

Highlights of Commercial Real Estate Asset Management Business Platform:

  • 2019 Modified Asset Management Agreement covering portfolio of privately held  commercial real estate assets controlled by our CEO (the “Anchor Portfolio”) provides for stable revenue and income backstop through asset management fee structure entitling Company to fees equal to the greater of (i) the Company’s operating costs plus $1 million annually and certain supplemental capital markets and property management fee streams, or (ii) market rate fees.
  • Company has opportunity to generate additional incentive based revenue related to substantially all of the Company’s managed assets, with assets acquired in ventures with institutional partners projected to be held for 3-7 years and assets included in Anchor Portfolio projected to be held long-term.
  • Assets under management (“AUM”) more than doubled during the last year from approximately 3.3 million square feet to approximately 7.3 million square feet.
  • The Company expanded its operating platform in 2019 to increase its service offerings and revenue generated from existing asset management contracts and newly solicited management contracts.
  • The majority of AUM are subject to long-term contracts, extending through 2027, and include significant early termination penalties payable to the Company.
  • Anchor Portfolio consists primarily of two large scale transit-oriented, mixed-use developments located at key commuter rail stations on Washington, DC Metro’s Silver Line in the Dulles Corridor (Reston Station and Loudoun Station), which has experienced tremendous increase in demand for transit-oriented and mixed-use development as big tech companies including Google, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services and others, as well as large federal contractors including Rolls Royce of North America, ICF Global, and General Dynamics, and others have sought to increase their office presence in the region and/or reposition office facilities to be proximate to Silver Line stations.
  • In 2019, the Company secured more than 500,000 square feet of new office leases related to buildings recently completed and currently under construction at Reston Station, including leases with Google, Rolls Royce of North America, ICF Global, Neustar, and other tech companies and federal contractors, providing increased fee-based revenue and stability for the Company and earning Reston Station recognition as the most successful new development in the Dulles Corridor.
  • The Company’s new asset management platform substantially minimizes capital risk due to low capital requirements on assets acquired for ventures between the Company and institutional real estate investors and even less restrictive capital requirements for the Company related to the Anchor Portfolio.  
  • In connection with the transformation of the Company’s operating platform from its previous focus on for-sale homebuilding to its new focus on commercial real estate development and asset management, the Company rebuilt its management team to include seasoned commercial real estate development, asset management and finance professionals with decades of experience managing large regional and/or national real estate portfolios, including mixed-use and transit-oriented developments. As a result, the Company has an experienced management team focused on growing the Company’s fee-based operating platform and driving positive results for the Company’s asset management clients and all stakeholders.
  • In 2020-2021, the Company will further increase its stabilized assets under construction as it completes construction on two additional office buildings at Reston Station and two additional residential buildings at Loudoun Station, while seeking to further expand AUM through strategic asset acquisitions.
  • The Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Comstock Environmental Services, LC, expanded its operating footprint during 2019 from its original base of Pennsylvania to include the entire U.S. mid-Atlantic region while also expanding its services offerings to include industrial hygiene, toxicology and COVID-19 related services.
  • The Company substantially recapitalized its balance sheet in 2019, as it completed its exit from its remaining homebuilding assets and providing it with a new source of capital.
  • In follow up to the filing of its 2019 10k, the Company plans to post an updated investor relations presentation on its website ( by the end of April providing additional details regarding its significant accomplishments in 2019 and its expectations for future growth. 

“I am extremely pleased to report our accomplishments and positive results for 2019” commented Christopher Clemente, Comstock’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Our success in 2019 and our ability to transform Comstock into a leading commercial developer and institutional quality asset manager is driven by our team of seasoned and dedicated commercial real estate professionals that have played key roles in transforming this Company while significantly enhancing revenue opportunities and overall prospects for this Company. I look forward to reporting on our continued progress as we focus on enhancing value for our loyal shareholders.”

About Comstock Holding Companies, Inc.

Comstock Holding Companies, Inc. (Nasdaq: CHCI) is a real estate development, asset management and real estate services company that has designed, developed, constructed and managed several thousand residential units and millions of square feet of residential and mixed-use projects throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan market since 1985. In 2019, Comstock completed the wind-down of its subsidiary for-sale homebuilding operation to focus exclusively on commercial real estate investment, development, asset management and real estate related services. Anchoring CHCI’s transition is a long-term asset management agreement covering two of the largest transit-oriented, mixed-use developments in the Washington, D.C. area; Reston Station, a nearly 5 million square foot transit-oriented and mixed-use development in Reston, Virginia, and Loudoun Station, a nearly 2.5 million square foot transit-oriented, mixed-use development in Ashburn, Virginia, and additional development assets. Comstock has significant experience with entitling, designing, developing, and managing a diverse range of properties including apartments, condominiums, mixed-use (residential and commercial) properties, large-scale commercial parking garages and infrastructure projects.

Comstock Holding Companies, Inc. is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol CHCI. For more information, visit

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This release may include "forward-looking" statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by use of words such as "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "may," "intend," "expect," "will," "should," "seeks" or other similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are based largely on our expectations and involve inherent risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. Any number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Additional information concerning important risk factors and uncertainties can be found under the heading "Risk Factors" in our latest Annual Report on Form 10-K, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Comstock specifically disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

Comstock Holding Companies, Inc.
Christopher Guthrie, 703-230-1292
Chief Financial Officer
Source: Comstock Holding Companies, Inc.

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

    December   31, 2019     December   31, 2018  
Current assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 3,511     $ 854  
Trade receivables     1,886       973  
Trade receivables - related parties     3,644       2,950  
Prepaid and other assets, net     274       362  
Current assets of discontinued operations           7,786  
Total current assets     9,315       12,925  
Equity method investments at fair value     8,421        
Fixed assets, net     278       221  
Operating lease right-of-use assets     114        
Goodwill     1,702       1,702  
Intangible assets, net     103       170  
Long term assets of discontinued operations           20,082  
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 19,933     $ 35,100  
Current liabilities:                
Accrued personnel costs   $ 2,916     $ 1,396  
Accounts payable     1,438       1,198  
Accrued liabilities     166       182  
Deferred revenue           1,875  
Short term notes payable - due to affiliates, net of discount     5,706       5,716  
Short term notes payable     77        
Current liabilities of discontinued operations           4,889  
Total current liabilities     10,303       15,256  
Long term notes payable, net of deferred financing charges     1,212       1,517  
Long term operating lease liabilities, net of current portion     61        
Long term liabilities of discontinued operations           12,510  
TOTAL LIABILITIES     11,576       29,283  
Commitments and contingencies (Note 10)                
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY                
Series C preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 20,000,000 and 3,000,000
  shares authorized, 3,440,690 and 2,799,848 shares issued and
  outstanding with a liquidation preference of $17,203 and $13,999
  at December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively
  $ 6,765     $ 7,193  
Class A common stock, $0.01 par value, 59,779,750 and 11,038,071
  shares authorized, 7,849,756 and 3,703,513 issued and 7,764,186
  and 3,617,943 outstanding at December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively
    78       37  
Class B common stock, $0.01 par value, 220,250 shares authorized,
  issued and outstanding at December 31, 2019 and 2018
    2       2  
Additional paid-in capital     199,372       181,632  
Treasury stock, at cost (85,570 shares Class A common stock)     (2,662 )     (2,662 )
Accumulated deficit     (195,198 )     (196,091 )
Non-controlling interests           15,706  
TOTAL EQUITY     8,357       5,817  



(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)

    For the years ended December 31,  
    2019     2018  
Revenue (See Note 14 - Related Party Transactions)                
Asset management   $ 19,605     $ 13,416  
Real estate services     5,712       3,031  
Total revenue     25,317       16,447  
Operating expenses                
Direct costs - asset management     16,561       12,234  
Direct costs - real estate services     4,611       3,090  
General and administrative     1,487       830  
Sales and marketing     383        
Operating income     2,275       293  
Interest (expense)     (474 )     (90 )
(Loss) on equity method investments carried at fair value     (560 )      
Other income, net     225       142  
Income before income tax benefit     1,466       345  
Income tax (expense) benefit     (2 )     1,062  
Net income from continuing operations     1,464       1,407  
Net (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax     (571 )     (5,792 )
Net income (loss)   $ 893     $ (4,385 )
Income per share from continuing operations                
Basic net income per share   $ 0.22     $ 0.38  
Diluted net income per share   $ 0.22     $ 0.37  
(Loss) per share from discontinued operations                
Basic net (loss) per share   $ (0.09 )   $ (1.56 )
Diluted net (loss) per share   $ (0.09 )   $ (1.56 )
Basic weighted average shares outstanding     6,617       3,705  
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding     6,799       3,843  



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